West Ham have been handed a huge boost with the news that Attila Szalai has his heart set on a move to the Premier League.

That’s according to a report from Türkiye Gazetesi who claim that the Hammers could face competition from Leicester and Newcastle for the Hungary international’s signature.

West Ham boss David Moyes allegedly made a £13 million bid to bring the 24-year-old centre-back to the London Stadium back in the summer – one that was rejected by Fenerbahce.

Central defence is clearly an area where Moyes needs to bolster in the January transfer window.

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Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson are 34 and 32 respectively whilst the latter has been heavily linked with a London Stadium exit.

And it seems as though Moyes has a great opportunity to bring in a truly top-class central defender this winter…

West Ham target Attila Szalai wants Premier League move

Türkiye Gazetesi reckon that the Hungarian defender has his heart set on a move to the Premier League.

And West Ham cannot afford to sit around and wait to see what happens with the centre-back.

We think that Szalai would be a superb addition for the club.

He really does have absolutely everything that the Hammers need at the moment.

The physically imposing Fenerbahce centre-back seems to be tailor made for the Premier League.

West Ham target Attila Szalai wants Premier League move
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Standing at 6ft 4in tall, the 31-capped Hungary international is an imposing figure. He is incredibly strong, athletic and dominant in the air.

In 32 Super Lig games for Fenerbahce last season, Szalai bagged one goal and two assists. During those appearances, he averaged 1.1 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and two clearances per game (Who Scored).

He made 43.8 passes per match and recorded a completion rate of 81% (Who Scored).

Szalai’s former manager Petros Konnafis once labeled him as an ‘unbelievable’ defender and likened him to Virgil van Dijk (First Time Finish).

West Ham would be wise to get a deal for Attila Szalai wrapped up as soon as possible with Leicester and Newcastle said to be lurking as well.

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